Military-Industrial Complex

 Military-Industrial Complex

In 1961, as President Dwight Eisenhower was leaving office, he issued a dire warning against the rise and growth of an industrial-military alliance in the United States that had great potential for abuse.

[The] conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every State House, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the industrial military complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

I will post a video of his comments tomorrow.

(President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell address as president in 1961. Quote taken from Superclass – The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making by David Rothkopf, 2008, p.8)

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